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To Sneeze or Not To Sneeze Facts about Sneezing

Updated on February 8, 2012

Facts about Sneezes

In Nebraska, it's against the law to sneeze.

Your heart may skip a beat, but it does not stop when you sneeze.

You can't sneeze while you're sleeping.

You can't keep your eyes open when you sneeze.

One of the early symptoms of the Bubonic Plague was sneezing.

UK's Donna Griffiths holds the world record for most sneezes in a row (once an hour for 978 days).

If you're sneezing a lot, you could be thinking about sex.

You can infect a person with your uncovered sneeze up to 150 feet away.

Stopping a sneeze can cause facial emphysema or other face or neck issues.

If you feel as though you're going to sneeze, but would really prefer not to, just repeat "cucumber" or "lamp" over and over. You may ultimately end up sneezing, but it should give you enough time to go grab a tissue.


150 FEET AWAY, PEOPLE!!!!  THINK ABOUT THIS!!!!  HELLOO!!!!
150 FEET AWAY, PEOPLE!!!! THINK ABOUT THIS!!!! HELLOO!!!!

Speaking of tissues

Speaking of tissues, there are a lot on the market. Depending on what kind of sneeze you have or the reason behind it, there are plenty of different types to choose from nowadays. It's a wonderful thing really, until you go to the store and stand in front of all the brands and all the types.

Should you purchase:

  • Generic tissues
  • Kleenex
  • Puffs
  • Scott
  • Cottonelle
  • Seventh Generation
  • Green Forest

You may, and most probably have a brand of facial tissue that you swear by. And chances are that brand not only comes in a variety of box shapes and colors...

  • oval
  • octagonal (oh, fancy- no I haven't seen them but great idea)
  • family sized
  • square
  • rectangle
  • extra large
  • travel packs
  • car packs
  • pyramid (that's possibly next)
  • others

printed with

  • favorite cartoon characters
  • Disney
  • dots
  • stripes
  • plaid
  • swirls
  • swooshes
  • flowers, painted or photographed
  • sailing
  • fruits
  • paisley
  • holiday scenes
  • sea shells by the seashore

you get the picture, but it also most probably comes in a variety of types. And if it doesn't yet, it will, and soon!

What types? Oh, you've seen them.

  • regular
  • extra thick
  • extra soft
  • with lotion
  • with aloe
  • antibacterial
  • one ply
  • two ply
  • menthol coated
  • quilted

Did I miss anything? Actually, I just may have. Or if you're reading this a year from now, you could add to this list in a heartbeat.

Take this free poll

What type of facial tissue do you usually prefer to use?

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Types of sneezes:

There are many different types of sneezes.

  • Allergen sneezes.
  • Pepper sneezes.
  • Snuff sneezes.
  • Sneezes due to cold.
  • Sneezes due to flu
  • Sneezes due to deathly disease.
  • Sneezes due to sudden bright light.
  • Sneezes due to thinking about sex.
  • Sneezes due to someone giving you the evil eye. (If it's not because of one of the above then you know that this is certainly what is causing your sneeze. Beware. I'm not kidding. This is true.)

 

Used to be...

Once upon a time, people didn't have to stand in a facial tissues isle with their mouths hanging open, arms slacking to their knees like a neanderthall, drool dripping another clean up in isle nine.

No, once upon a time, people's choices were simple. You snorted it in, or used your shirtail or apron. And if you were one of the lucky ones, you'd have a beautiful crusty linen, silk, or cotton hanky, and hopefully you had it on your person when the time came, or you were with someone who was kind enough to offer you theirs for use.

In fact, it used to be quite fashionable for a man's tie and his hanky to match.

So here's the big question:

Should you let your sneeze out or hold it in?

There are many times in your life when you're going to ask yourself this. For example,

  • When you've just met someone - what kind of impression would you make blasting your germie snot at what could be your next husband, wife, superior, inferior, loan officer?
  • when you're speeding in traffic - will you get into an accident because for that split second your eyes were closed?
  • when you're working on your bead project - if you sneeze will they scatter?
  • You've got food in your mouth - if you sneeze will it make a gross mess?

There are many times. You know them well. I've jogged your memory. I've opened the door to your darkest fears. Yes, well, this is serious business, this sneeze or not to sneeze issue.

Note the careful use of his gentlemanly hanky.
Note the careful use of his gentlemanly hanky.

 

No matter what your fears are, keep this in mind, sneezing is our body's way of tackling the very important job of extracting yucky stuff from our bodies. Without sneezes, we could die.

  • Sneezes get rid of germs and dirt.
  • Sneezes clear our sinuses
  • Sneezes protect us from airborn pollutants (including bugs that don't know what they're doing and try to fly up in there when they shouldn't ought to be).
  • Sneezes warn us and others of oncoming colds, allergies, or that we've been in the pool too long.

 

 

 

Norman Rockwell.  Boy sneezing under couch.
Norman Rockwell. Boy sneezing under couch.

 

 

 

Unfortunately sneezes are also hazardous.

How are they hazardous?

  • If you sneeze with a mouth full of food you can choke (or make someone else gag).
  • If you sneeze while you're driving you could get into an accident.
  • If you sneeze in the pool or in the shower, you can inadvertantly get water up your nose or breathed into your mouth and down the wrong passage causing you to choke and gasp for breath when no one is around to save you, so you could die alone and no one would know why. (This almost happened to me five times.)
  • If you sneeze while you're looking for something in a tight spot, you could bang your head and go into a coma.
  • If you sneeze and you have nothing to cover your face with, your germs might get onto someone 150 feet away causing them to get sick and miss their one and only chance at a promotion. (Or they could sneeze while driving home which makes them run into another vehicle causing a pileup and the death and severe injury of many.
  • If you're trying to hide from someone, a sneeze can blow your cover.

 

Yet another sneezing hazard...

 

While the hazards outnumber the benefits, the benefits still outweigh the hazards. So sneezing is a must. Besides which I for one would not like to end up with any sort of facial emphysema or face and neck issues. I don't know about you, but I have enough issues of my own to add any of those to my list.

So it's settled, sneezing is a must and sneezes should not be held back.

Yet sneezes can cause bad things to happen.

So what do you do?

Know your facial tissues. Know which to use for what purpose. Keep tissues handy.

Don't have a tissue? Sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, if you're not going to be able to wash your hands immediately after, or if you don't have any hand sanitizer available.

 

 

 

Bunny sneezing imporoperly. cravensworld.wordpres.com   Please sneeze INTO your tissue, not over it.
Bunny sneezing imporoperly. cravensworld.wordpres.com Please sneeze INTO your tissue, not over it.

 

 

 

In closing, I would like to say,

  • PROTECT YOURSELF. NEVER TRY TO STOP YOUR SNEEZE, ESPECIALLY ON ITS WAY OUT!
  • PROTECT YOUR ENVIRONMENT. SNEEZE INTO OR BLOW YOUR NOSE WITH ANTIBACTERIAL TISSUES IF YOU'VE GOT A SPREADABLE COLD, ESPECIALLY ONE WITH A FEVER. YES THEY REALLY TRULY WORK!
  • USE TISSUES WITH ALOE OR LOTION IF YOU'VE BEEN BLOWING YOUR NOSE LIKE CRAZY AND IT'S GETTING RED AND RAW AND CHAPPED.
  • DO NOT USE TISSUES WITH ALOE OR LOTION IF THEY MAKE YOU BREAK OUT BECAUSE THIS IS EVEN WORSE THAN A RAW CHAPPED NOSE.
  • TOILET PAPER WORKS JUST AS WELL AS TISSUE PAPER.
  • THERE'S NO POINT IN USING A ONE PLY, SCRATCHY, STUPID TISSUE JUST BECAUSE IT'S CHEAP; YOU MAY AS WELL HAVE SAVED THE 79 CENTS AND BOUGHT YOURSELF A FOUNTAIN BEVERAGE FROM THE QUICK MART OR 7-ELEVEN.

 

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      lol, shame benji, shame. Mind you I read it which is how I know, lol. 150 feet is crazy, isn't it. Our bodies pack a lot of force. One could say we are regular powerhouses.

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      Benji Mester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

      Sneezing means your thinking about sex eh? I'll have to check that article out. That's pretty crazy that a sneeze can reach a person 150 feet away.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      lol Thanks nazishnasim. How could I be so daft! Paper Moon was excited about your grody bommer cold hub. Got to get over there myself. Promiced Eleni some links first. (She can't view videos.)

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      YOu got it all wrong Frieda ... the chief reason of sneezing is when the Oogies make love in Oogieland!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      New video clip of a sneezing hazard. Found in forums posted by fun2hub.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh bunyip, no worries, though so nice that would have been. Drinks at three, shall we say?

      And Mr. Walrus, did you finally get those photos taken? What fun.

      I do hope there's to be no fighting. Betweet the two of you there's likely to be an aweful mess and it's the maid's day off.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      bunyip, yes, yer correct in saying I am old enough to know better. I was frightened as a child many times and nothings wrong with me! LOL I have put that old chainsaw up for sale as it is now too dam heavy for me so no danger really in losing what one has not anyway. LOL But anyway, come see a nude walrus on a swing sometime. Mu tusk against yours

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Frieda , sorry I haven't been around I would have offered to give you a nice soothing back rub. As far as beverage goes, in the right company I will drink anything on offer. ;-)

      Now old ralwus your old enough to know better (as my mum used to say). You go swinging around in the altogether, your likely to frighten the neighborhood kids. And you never know, with that chainsaw you might lose a foot or six inches? if your not careful. ;-) lol

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      lol that's too true, Tinker40. You do have to choose your tp as facial tissue wisely or it can get to be a mess or make you sneeze even more. Thanks for the comment. :)

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      Tinker40 8 years ago

      You've got to be careful what toilet paper you're using though. Some of it, like charmine, leaves a lot of lint. I like quilted northern myself. But usually I use kleenex. I guess I'm lucky I don't have to blow my nose that often.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh dear, Mr. Walrus! what's happened to you?

      Perhaps Wee One can take a photo while blushing. Then you could swing together. Yeah, if I were you I'd definitely protect against splinters.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      I will, and I will be in the buff, flying free. Now to find someone willing to photograph me while flying free. hmmm Well, maybe I'll put a grape leaf on for safety ya know, no splinters

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh, I myself am getting old. Need longer walks and sweeter sleep than I used to. Had a load to do to prepare for Ana's birthday coming up in a few days. Things aren't truly clean to me unless I do them by hand. So too much work. Too few breaks, too little sleep (got involved reading hubs last night instead of snoozing like I should have.) You MUST get phtotos of that swing and post them on vt. I'm looking forward to those!

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Why are you sore m'dear? my body is sore all over too as I had done some trimming of trees and shrubs and then had to put it all through my chipper too. Then the granson comes after I'm all done. sheesh! Wee One was off and she pissed around in her gardens with the pups in tow. All in all it was a good day. Then we had fun on my new swing I put up in my mighty oak tree that sends your heart a soaring. must get pics of that one. woo-hoo

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Aha!  On your skates!  You ARE innovative! 

      Actually that was coincidence as you photo shows your poor arm in a sling.  But I'm sad to hear it's sore.  I'm sore all over. 

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      What? my arm? how'd you know my arm is sore? must be on VFT huh? it hurts like hell to tell ya the truth. LOL but I will rest it some today as it is raining. thanks for asking. i'm getting too oldt fer me chainsawing days I fear. hehe dam I do love to run that thing, rrrr Maybe now I will tear it apart and make a new toy out of it, hmmm put the motor on a new merry go round for the kiddies? nah, I'll use it on me skates.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Mr. Walrus, how is your poor arm doing this morning? 

      Cindy. I know. Did you hear justmesuzanne's comment? It really does happen. Dangerous I tell you. Terrifying.

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      I hate sneezing whil I drive because my eyes closed and I'm terrified I'lllost control of the car.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hmmm..I never thought of that.  Swine flew sees drop in birth rate.  Of course, if everyone had it, then it wouldn't really matter if they shared germs or not.  So really it might not have an effect at all.

      Bunyip, I rarely enjoy coffee.  I prefer lemon water or tea with a dash of milk and some sugar, in the a.m.  You?

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Hey bunyip, why are you so interested in kissing all of a sudden? And a drop in birthrates will be a drop on your menu items. The swine flu probably originated with you, you filthy swamp beast you.

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      That's cool do they come in matching colors or are they uni-sex ?

      I am just wondering with all this swine flu going around about the lack of hankey pankey there must be. The birth rate will surely drop.

      Someone will have to invent a 'condom' for the mouth so that people can at least kiss. ;-)

      Are you enjoying your coffee ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      That's what usually happens with us SweetiePie. The kids (all four of them) are so used to it now that that's what they grab for first, is the tp. And that's how it started whith us, when the whole family had gotten sick and we ran out of tissues a couple of years back. Now I stock up on my favorites (tissues) when they're on sale and pull them out when someone has a fever so they have their own box. Runs out fast though, doesn't it? Even then, the tp gets used more than anything else. I've been known to clean house with toilet paper when we run out of paper towels, including mirrors (I've got that down pretty well). lol Good to see I'm not the only one who appreciates tp. =D

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      If I am at my house and other people are around I do not even care to use it there. Growing up when my mom had three kids with cold she realized going through boxes of kleenex was a very implausible thing to do, so after awhile we just decide to keep a role of bathroom tissue devoted to the regular part of the house. I even keep some aside to use as paper towels in case I run out of those.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      No, it wasn't me, though that's a good idea. They do that in asia. It was the nail technician. I hope I didn't disappoint. I could get one though, if you like, for our next date.

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Hey not so long ago one of our hubbers had a toilet roll mounted on her head .(can't remember who it was now, was it you ? ) I thought to myself .

      " self, what a great idea, our Miss Babbley would like that"

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I'm in total agreemet there with the flowery crap. You know, it would be really cool to have browns and blacks and greys to blow your nose on. I was speaking of the boxes when I mentioned the paisley. Paisley on the boxes, not the tissues, although yes, that would be way cool! Sorry I got your hopes up on that. Now I'm depressed cause there aren't any. Although in Japan they may have some. Japan is full of the coolest stuff. So I hear and get braught back anyway. They don't play around with their paper products over there. Glad you like the new pic. =D

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      Artisan Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      A paisley-printed tissue?!  I can't help but think that would be WAY cool!  Are you sure about this?  Where would I find them?

      Most tissue, TP and paper towel prints are always so fru-fry, you know?  I'd rather have plain than flowery.  Who wants to sneeze into something all flowery when you've got hay fever?

      PS: I like the new pic.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Like Cinderella, I had to change back at midnight. ;D

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Wow crayons and smelly markers. I just don't know what to say , I am speechless (almost).

      I ..... I haven't had an offer like that since I was in the last Hub. ;-)

      Now I see you've taken off your disguise , or is that the mask your wearing, ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Yes, tonight. I've just been over and suggested perhaps we could draw, with crayons or smelly markers! =D

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Yeah as they say in the classics,'timing is......

      ......everything".

      I am very stricken with your new avatar. I first saw it in another place and had to reach for the paper bag. ;-)

      But I'm OK now . :-))

      I am free now, is that tonight ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh, I'm not gazumped, bunyip. I don't know your timing. You free tonight?

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      There ya go gazumped by that wily old walrus again. No wonder you didn't turn up for our date. ;-)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Not most of the time, no. Allergies? Hope you're not coming down with a cold.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Frieda, accchhhooo! I've been sneezing a bit when I woke up this morning. LOL love your hub... you are so right...can't stop the sneeze! :-)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Quite a few possibilities indeed, James. ;)

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      My, what a wonderfully well done Hub about an original topic.  I have a nice collection of snot rags, er, I meant pocket squares.  Excuse me. 

      I think it feels really good to get anything out of the body.  I can think of numerous examples.  That may spawn a whole set of Hubs.  Think of the possibilities!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks Tom. Quite the sticky subject, I'd say. =D

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Well, I always think about sex but I don't always sneeze. Very nice treatment of a sticky subject, Frieda

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hawkesdream, (handing you a tissue), thank you kindly!

      2Patricias, I agree with your mom. That is so hysterical. And kind of gross if you think about it. If she blew her nose on it, and it was stuck to her dress, she'd be snot ridden till she got home. Ewwwww!

      SC Strat, now you know. Get rid of that allergy medicine. lol.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Mr. Walrus, bunyip and I are good friends, but he does not have the whiskers I so love to get tickled by. :) Preclevity sounds like a grand word. I'll accept that in a game of scrabble any day.

      Ashley Joy, I'm very glad you just let it out. Me too. Now if I can only remember to keep some tissues or toilet paper with me, I'll be doing just fine. Hope you've got some handy. Thanks for coming in for a read. Good to see you. You're avatar makes me smile!

      Sweetie pie, I'm cheap that way too. Unless I have a cold and I'm not alone with my cold, that's what I do. I can tell when I'm running out with a roll of toilet paper too. And yes, much softer and more durable than people give it credit for.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Shalini, lol. We may never know.

      ajcor, you're joking. That's crazy. Why don't we hear about all this over here? How terrible. Be careful! And keep us posted. You should write about that! It's historical.

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      SCStrat 8 years ago from Seattle

      Wait...Thinking of sex can make you sneeze! No wonder I am always sneezing, and I thought it was just allergies.

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat says: I was born in Nebraska and nobody told me it was illegal to sneeze! No wonder I got funny looks (I hope it was the sneezing and not something else I was doing).

      When I started school there was a very cute girl in my class who had loads of pretty dresses. Every day she had a dainty hanky pinned to her dress with an animal broach (different ones from day to day). When I told my mother and said I wanted cute hankies pinned to my dresses she said "What good would that be if you needed to wipe your nose?"

      Anyway, this Hub has told me more about sneezing than I thought possible!

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      I would never have dreamed of writing on 'sneezes' but you have really made an entertaining and interesting read..Aaaa-choo! sorry.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very interesting hub Frieda. I may sound cheap, but I actually use bathroom tissue instead of facial tissues. The reason being is that the former is soft and cheaper.

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      Ashley Joy 8 years ago

      I did not know there was so much to a sneeze. I have always heard that you can actually cause damage by holding a sneeze in so I have always just covered my mouth and let them fly.

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      That dam bunyip feller is hornin' in on me here with my lil Greek goddess. hmmm So sex and sneezes go together huh? Must be why you make me sneeze ever so often. Wondered 'bout that one. Never knew all this crap but am so glad to be amazed by your preclevity for research. is that a real word? did I even use it properly? thanks dear sex goddess

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      Frieda - further to agvulpes comment re. the 700 cases of swine flu in Victoria - the Queen's Birthday Parade in our Capital City - Canberra - has been cancelled because 75 of the cadets are in the infirmary with swine flu and the rest of them (maybe a couple of hundred?) are now in quarantine - this must be a first in the history of the Queens parades!!....watch those sneezes and tomorrow I am going out to - minimally - stock my pantry just in case....cheers

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      *wonders innocently* could it be 'cos of the hairy on him perhaps??

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hah!  Hairy Australian Sheep Shearer, you cad.  It does count. =O

      Lauphing mom, and Ahilini, I'm thinking it's because he's a guy and was sure to take note of the fact that when he's in the shower he thinks about sex... a lot, in turn making him sneeze, a lot, while in the shower, where he's thinking about sex, as the water....  I'm thinking perhaps he ought to be bringing in some company, thought I must say that brings hazards of another kind. ;)

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      He got awfully quiet all of a sudden. Did you notice that, Shalini?

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      LM - haha - maybe he is! :D

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Are you allergic to women, hairy? Assuming your company was of the female persuasion, of course.

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      hairy A.S.S. 8 years ago

      Oh,  you sheilas! I don't think I've ever sneezed in the shower , unless I have company, does that count ? ;-)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      A lot at stake, VioletSun. Sad, but true. Nature loves to play yin yang, you know. I'm glad you enjoyed. And I'm very glad you enjoy your shower sneezes. Don't switch soap brands. Your sneezes may disappear.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Achooo! :::excuse me ::::::::::  Didn't know there was so much at stake behind that simple sneeze.  I usually sneeze in the shower when  using soap and I kind of enjoy it. LOL!  

      Fun hub!

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      Benz B 8 years ago

      awesome hub. was a great read. nicely done.

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      raiderfan 8 years ago from Arizona

      @ hairry it was funny to me cuz I was drunk and it wasn't mine but if it was mine I would be mad

      @ FB yer welcome

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Nothing to sneeze at indeed Paper Moon.  Glad to hear you didn't sneeze into our food.  I hope that's part of chef training.

      raiderfan, that's just plain idiotic of your friends.  Did you ever consider the fact that perhaps they're not true friends?    I'm pretty sure they should have offered you a tissue instead.  Talk about uptight.  I'm sorry to hear that.  That's a forum starter right there.  I'm sure you'd get lots of support from other hubbers.  Thanks for reading my hub.

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      hairy A.S.S. 8 years ago

      Hey raiderfan you could create a new fad and call it 'coke shower' or something like that ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh my goodness ag! That is a tremendous amount! Horrible. And most of them are most probably sneeze related for sure! Antibacterial facial tissues all the way. And I'm not joking about that. When I had my flu I used those and not another person (5 others) in this family got sick from me. I quarantined too, but everyone was still all around me, inevitable. But i sneezed on no one. Nor did my snot get on anyone either. Horrible. I hope you're being super careful.

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      raiderfan 8 years ago from Arizona

      my friends use to get mad at for sneezing after doing cocaine

      they say I wasted it

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      Wow, a lot of good info is nothing to sneeze at. Repeated sneezing is quite euphoric. When I was a Chef, I used to sneeze on my shoulder to keep my mucus from getting on the food. It also added a certain something to my chef jacket. :O

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Well I don't care what Sue the Bunyip says . As my mum used to say, I reckon 'you come up pretty well with a scrub'!

      On a more serious note: The state where I live ,Victoria, now has over 700 cases of Swine Flu and rising by the hour. I wonder how many of these were caused from a simple sneeze ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Lisa, very cunning of you. :) 10 times in a row is way awesome. What a relief that must be. Sort of takes you aback. I'm thinking yes, much like Jewels' orgasmic experiences is what you must feel after those. Food allergies are no good. Thank goodness for the warning signs that sneezes give.

      justmesuzanne, It's all too horrible, isn't it. Nothing to be done. I hope everyone reads what you wrote. I wasn't saying those things for funny's sake. All too true. All too true.

      ajcor, it does relieve stress, doesn't it.

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      My cousin sneezed and caused a big wreck on the freeway. She lost control of her car! Fortunately no one was hurt, but her car was totalled!

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      ajcor 8 years ago from NSW. Australia

      My mother has always said that a good sneeze or even a series of sneezes is good for stress relief - i guess somehow this could relate to Jewels orgasmic experiences - I can sneeze up to ten times in one go but it is because of the allergy component of something that I haven't read the label on - thanks frieda funny hub - cheers

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      Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I think the world would be a better place if everyone stopped their sneezes from happening. :) :) I won't sneeze if I'm indoors and usually won't sneeze if I'm outdoors. Once in a while, if it's Winter and I'm outside where there are no people around.... I'll go wild and let myself have a good sneeze. :)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Ah, but if it is stopped up, menthal facial tissues are a miracle!

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Yeah, but unless my nose is stopped up, the smell gives me a migraine.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      They do have some very interesting creatures over there, don't they?

      Okay, good, that's what I would choose hands down! But I need to switch off with the menthol ones. Those are kick ass!

      mad, you are correct. What a wonderful motto!

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      A sneeze a day keep the snot away...

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Oh my!!  I didn't realize bunyip was a real person.  No offense, really!  I thought you were referring to a group of people harrasing Frieda about her avatar.  Which, BTW Frieda, is as beautiful as Shalini says.

      Cut it out and cast if forth.  Ha Ha Ha!!  But which doctor for which procedure????

      No, I answered Antibacterial tissues. You know how I am about germs.....

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      ROFL LM! Does that mean one can cut it out and cast it forth?? :D

      Of course they would have to be Australian, wouldn't they? What with all those other out-of-this-world animals they have? :D

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Laughing mom, did you say toilet paper? lol. Now see, my point exactly about the fall out of the tree.

      Shalini, I know, sneezes are so much more, so much more. And bunyip, he got nervous. You know what he eats. The least i can do is a special weekend avatar to meet his friends. They're rather exciting you know. And M.M. DelRosario has a story of "the three sisters" and bunyips were mentioned. They're Australian. And of course if you click on my friend bunyip above, you can read all about him. More to come!

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      I thought they were something you had to see a podiatrist for. Or is that proctologist? I can't ever keep them straight.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      ...and here I was thinking a sneeze was just a sneeze....like a rose or a kiss! Thank you for broadening my mind Frieda.

      Oh - and you look bee-yoo-ti-ful. Don't listen to 'em bunyips and go changing that avatar. What are bunyips anyways - something like Tasmanian devils??

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Only you, Frieda!!

      I answered your quiz, but I have to say I would prefer EVERYONE ELSE use the antibacterial tissues.

      Bad things can happen because of a sneeze. I fell out of a tree on a reconnaisance mission once because one of the people I was hovering with couldn't hold it in. Needless to say, the mission was a bust.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      sixtyorso, I totally remember a sneeze giving me away when I was little and playing hide and seek or hiding from my sister so I could trick her or scare her. So yeah.

      Janetta, isn't that something else. I know, I wonder that myself. You have to wonder. Very odd indeed.

      Christa, I know! and I hate to have to wait for the next ones to come and there's a tickle and you're not sure and then it comes right when you give up and then all over again. It's so funny. Those are the best!

      Triplet mom, I know, it's horrible. I never used to get them. Thankfully they're not so bad this years. Last year was the pits.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      This was perfect for allergy season, I feel a big one coming on now.

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      Christa Dovel 8 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      That was fun, Frieda. I personally find sneezes are as contagious as yawning -- you can't have just one.

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      Janetta 8 years ago

      LOL I love the poster-- "careless spitting leads to Tuberculosis" Was that a big thing back then?? People walking around spitting carelessly into the wind?? :)

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      Clive Fagan 8 years ago from South Africa

      So your sneeze blew your cover! Another reason not to sneeze!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I was wondering when you'd fly in. Good to see you. I'm glad you don't hold back the sneezes. Important stuff, you know!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      What an interesting hub - never thought a hub about sneeze and sneezing could ever be this entertaining.

      But to answer your question, I choose to sneeze and never hold back. Everybody does it, so why should I choose to be the lessser human?

      Btw, practical and wise advices - now that I've chosen to sneeze, ie decidedly :D

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Oh dear.  Mens clothes.  I'll see what I can do.  I do hate a double whammy.  (I used to watch that show all the time - it's still on the game show network you know. My sister watches it). And yes, I'll be on my best behavior, promice. Stiff as a board, light as a feather, upper lip, tap tap and all that.

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      I feel like an eavesdropper here . But it's OK mums the word my lips are sealed.

      The bunyip clan is very elite you know. You will have to be on your best behaviour. A tip for you, do you have any mens clothing, you do know what our staple diet is don't you.?

      Don't you just hate it when you have a double whammy ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Yes Jewels, the afterglow effect.  The ciggy going inward would be a horrendous spoiler to a perfect moment. 

      Bunyip, I'm more than happy to.  I'll get my best together.  I can't wait to meet all your bunyip friends!  Tell us some stories.

      ag, a volcano? Bunyip?

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Well yes I did actually used my sleeve , you know the old saying about seeing the man over there with the stripe down his pants. ?

      The bunny slippers where cool, in fact they were all cool and I would love you to do a weekend avatar show for me . I could invite all my Bunyip mates around and tell them I knew you before you became famous. We would all ring up and vote for you. !

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Oh yes Frieda - like the afterglow effect, floating in water.

      Ag: Well if the dentures went flying, I'm sure it could have been a Vesuvius type action going on there. And for the smokers, careful with the inbreath at the climax period. Can't have the ciggy going inward now, could choke and ruin a good experience.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      Jewels interesting concept, so what you saying as that our friend the Bunyip may have experienced something like an orgasm. Going off like a volcano you say. Very interesting. I wonder if our friendly Bunyip smokes as well ?

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Dearest Bunyip, I'm sure I'll change my avatar soon. Did you like the one with the bunny slippers? How about I do weekend avatars just for you? Sorry about the sneeze. I offer all kinds of tissues above if you need any. Ehh, or... you could use your arm too.

      Now Jewels, I know what you mean. lol. You are so right about that. And sometimes it makes you feel like you've been swimming under water all day. You know that feeling. Not as good as the sneezing orgasm, but euphoric none the less.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      lol.  Thanks Kmadhav.  You flatter me.  Well you know, it's sometimes the simple things that ought to be looked at with a magnifying glass.  You may look silly, but chances are there's lots to think about.  :)

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Nothing like a good sneeze. Can be akin to an orgasm depending on the forplay of the sneeze - you know that tickle that gets stronger and stronger, and you're about to become a volcano. And then when it's done - phew. You want a cigarette!

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      bunyip named sue 8 years ago

      Well...*rubbing foot on ground* only because you saying so I'll probably get used to it, I guess. In about 4000 years maybe . But thats Ok don't you worry none. That's not too long in Bunyip years.

      Ahhhhhhh Choooooo !!! now see what you've done. Where's that Paper Moon, oops sorry Paper Tissue when you need one. ;-)

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      Kmadhav 8 years ago from New delhi

      great things about sneezing ! . Before this hub I just know about just sneeze and right now How to sneeze.......good work young lady.........good topic chosen

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks gr8archer45. Important stuff, you know.

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      gr8archer45 8 years ago from Pakistan

      wow, i didn't know there was so much behind a simple sneeze!! good info

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      My dearest bunyip! I missed you so. You're absolutely right about the dentures. Yet another for the dangers of sneezing! And I'm sorry to say that I'm afraid that is me, bunyip. Does it disappoint so terribly?